At yesterday's Interntional Track and Field Meeting on the Le Chéile track in Leixlip we had 7 athletes competing from the Club. The event was hosted by the Irish Milers Club. In the men's 1,500m newcomer Michael Dowling ran 3.49, Mitchell Byrne 3.58, Paul Stephenson 4.04 and Robert Murphy 4.14. In the 3,000m Sean Hehir ran 8.33, David Scanlon 9.13 and Brian Furey 9.18. The full results are on the Irish Milers Club website. Well done to all who ran.
On Friday in perfect conditions the first of this year's Relay Championships took place at Tallaght AC. The relays always prove to be a exciting event and with top teams entered throughout the field, the night was full of high quality action. Rathfarnham had two girls' relay teams in action, both in the Under 13 Age Group. Starting in the second of three heats, Rathfarnham A toed the line. Alannah Fasenfeld got a perfect start, running strongly to Clodagh Cullen, who in turn set down a blistering leg. Laura Mills making her Championship debut put in a fine third leg. Fortune Chukwu ran a magnificent anchor leg to bring the girls home in second position and thus gaining automatic qualification to the Final. Rathfarnham B ran in the third and final heat. Featuring two girls making their Championship debuts, Marina Fitzsimons and Elle Mc Eneaney. The team which also featured Sarah Jane Phelan and Yamina Abdelatif finished 6th. In a strong final which featured quartets that had medalled before in Relay Championships, our A team gave a good account of themselves. Again a great start, and the girls were second at half way, Another great finishing anchor leg by Fortune just wasn't enough and the girls came in 7th. In the Girls U/14 1500m, Ellie Stapleton finished 10th. Well done to all our athletes and parents! Full results will appear on the Dublin Athletics Board website. Next up are the Dublin Championships Even Age Championships on Friday 19th June 2015 in Tallaght AC @ 7pm.
Well done to Stephen Gaffney who competed on the Irish Under 23 team at the AtletiCAGenève track meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday 6th June. Stephen ran 10.63 in the individual 100m, yet another PB for Stephen this year. He was also a member of the Irish 4X100m Relay team which ran 40.27 to qualify for the European Under 23 Championships later this year. Source Jumping the Gun website.
Stephen with the Under 23 Irish 100m relay team (Source: Jumping the Gun)
Meanwhile at the Irish Milers Club Meeting in Tullamore on Saturday Mitchell Byrne ran 3.58.8 in the 1,500m. In the 3000m A race Sean Hehir ran 8.32 and Paul Stephenson ran 8.46. In the B 3000m race Robert Murphy ran 9.03 and Paul Fleming ran 9.07. The results are on the IMC website. Well done to all.
Over the weekend the Dublin Juvenile Championships took place, spread over three days. Morton Stadium on Friday and Saturday was the venue, with the finale in Tallaght on the Sunday. Our young athletes put in some terrific performances which gave the club a haul of 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze medals. As well as the medals, there was a host of PBs, semi finalists, Finalists and some exciting championship debuts also. Friday saw Matthew Smyth placed 9th and Ryan O'Neill 4th in the U/10 Boys 500m. The exciting Zoe Ritchie took gold in the U10 500m Girls with sister Jodie finishing 6th. Charlotte Burge battled to 12th position in the Girls U/11 600m. In the Girls U/12 600m, Sophie Fasenfeld came 10th, and Lucie Ritchie finished 4th to qualify for Sunday's final. In the Girls U/13 600m Sophie Ritchie was 2nd and Alannah Fasenfeld came 5th, qualifying for the final. The last Rathfarnham athlete in action for the night was Richard Keogh in the Under 18 800m. Richard stormed home in second place to secure silver. Saturday started as Friday ended with Richard winning another medal - this time bronze in the Boys Under 18 400m. Next up was our hurdlers! In the Girls U13 60m Clodagh Cullen was 3rd in her heat, just missing out by the narrowest of margins at semi final stage. Alannah Fasenfeld fared better, reaching the final and securing bronze. In the Girls U/14 75mH Caoibhe Kelders finished 5th in her heat. Our best success of the day in the field events was with Isabel Mullarney who captured gold in the Girls U/18 Javelin, throwing 26.7m. Sophie Ritchie was also successful in Javelin - in the Girls U/13 she threw 16.28m, finishing 2nd. Sophie picked up a second silver in the shot put, throwing 8.67m, and Alannah Fasenfeld finished 4th. On the track, Ian Kirwan was 2nd in his heat, and came 6th in the final of the Boys U/14 200m. Hugh Prendergast made his Championship debut in the U/16 200m, finishing 3rd in the straight final. A delighted Hugh headed straight to the airport with medal in suitcase to start his holidays! The Girls U/17 saw Megan Doyle also make her Championship debut. Megan put in a brave performance against top quality opposition. Tallaght was the scene for the final day's action. As well as being treated to some top quality athletics action, we where also treated to some warm summer-like conditions which added to the enjoyable experience. First off was Lucie Ritchie who placed 8th in the final of the Girls U/12 600m. Next up was the final of the Girls U/13 800m. Sophie Ritchie grabbed a bronze and Alannah Fasenfeld was 14th in a tough race. In the Girls U/18 Shot Put, Isabel Mullarney won gold with a throw of 10.65m. The sprinters were next in action! The Under 12 Girls 60m saw Anna Doyle make her debut, with Elena Cullen, Abbey Kelly and Sophie Fasenfeld all putting in good performances. In the Under 12 Boys 60m, Billy Conroy Roche just missed out on the final as the fastest loser. In the Under 13 Girls 80m, Clodagh Cullen, Alannah Fasenfeld and Sophie Ritchie all came through their heats to lose out at semi final stages. In the Under 14 Girls 80m Caoibhe Kelders was 6th in her heat. Isabelle Doyle was 1st in her heat and advanced to the final in which she added a brilliant silver medal to the bronze she won on Saturday. Isabelle brought the weekend to a glorious conclusion, in which all Rathfarnhams athletes, Boys and Girls, can be very proud of their performances. Well done also to all the parents for their assistance and help over the course of the three days. Full results will appear on the Dublin Athletics website. Next up is the Uneven Age Relays on Friday 12th June in Tallaght @ 7pm.
Some of the Juveniles from the weekend action
Hugh Prendergast u/16 200m Bronze
Sophie Ritchie, Isabelle Doyle and Clodagh Cullen